J.T. Barrett Suspended

24 Oct 2015, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA --- 24 OCFT 2015: Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) warms up on the field prior to the game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Ohio State Buckeyes played at High Point Solutions Stadium,Piscataway,NJ, (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire) --- Image by © Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire/Corbis
by Jillian Gearin 11/5/15
Ohio State’s quarterback J.T. Barrett was arrested for driving under the influence and backing without safety (what does “backing without safety” mean?) early Saturday morning.  He was stopped at a Columbus police department checkpoint, where he was arrested.
The arrest came one week after Barrett’s first start for the Buckeye’s (plurals do not need apostrophes). As a result of the misdemeanor charges, he is suspended for one game and loses his financial aid for one term.
The financial aid will be revoked during the summer term where Barrett will also not be allowed to practice or condition with the team when supervised by the school.  Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyers made the call on the suspension and the withdrawal of his scholarship.
“I tried to collect as many facts as I could about what actually happened,” said Meyers. “I met with the player; I met with [Ohio State athletic director] Gene Smith. Obviously this was a very serious one. When a kid has an issue like that, there’s some type of punitive damage.”
Meyer has been in this position before in 2012 when he handed out suspensions to offensive lineman Jack Mewhort and tight end Jake Stoneburner, who were both charged with misdemeanors as well.
Barrett is scheduled for arraignment Friday, according to Franklin County Records.  Academically, he will not face suspension from Ohio State, as this is his first offense of the school’s alcohol policy for an underage student.
The red shirt sophomore will miss week 10’s game against Big Ten opponent Minnesota.  The Buckeyes will have to play without one of their captains and Cardale Jones will have to step up at the quarterback position once again.
Barrett is a known and respected leader for Ohio State, as he was voted one of the team captains in his third season on the team and in only the second season of playing.   According to fellow captain Taylor Decker, a senior offensive lineman, Barrett called the veteran players individually to apologize and addressed the entire team on Monday.
The next game Barrett will be eligible to play in is a road game against Illinois on Friday of next week.  Meyer stated there is no guarantee he will receive his starting position back right away.